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19 Games You Need To Play If You Liked The Last Of Us

Updated October 14, 2020 5.5k votes 1.2k voters 111.8k views19 items

The Last of Us is simply one of the finest video game experiences ever crafted, giving rise to insane fan theories, cosplays, and fan art. When it was released in 2013, Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic masterpiece captured the hearts of every gamer who played it. But what video games do you play after you finish The Last of Us? It's a tough act to follow, to be sure, but there are several survival horror games that have similar qualities as Joel and Ellie's (voiced by Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, respectively) dystopian road trip.

You may have loved The Last of Us' emphasis on character writing, excellent acting, great stealth mechanics, and desperate gunplay. Well, lucky for you, there are many experiences with the same engaging elements, whether it be from Naughty Dog, Bioware, Telltale, Capcom, or a host of other beloved companies that have turned out classic games. So, if you're looking to fill in the hole in your heart with great games similar to The Last of Us, check out the list below!

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    When Crystal Dynamics decided to reboot the adventures of Lara Croft, they definitely took inspiration from Naughty Dog. Lara's new adventure is gritty, dangerous, and full of personal stakes. There's no sunglasses or shorts here - only a desperate need for survival at any cost. Sound familiar?

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    Think of this game like The Last of Us meets Mirror's Edge. You're stuck in an open world featuring a real-time day and night cycle. The world is also infested with zombie-like creatures that really come out in force at night. So, you'll constantly be managing your time during missions as you're using parkour to navigate this ruined city.

    Like The Last of Us, there's plenty of scavenging for gear and repairing of equipment to make you feel like it's really the end of days. 

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    A sleeper hit that originally debuted on XBLA, State of Decay is an open world zombie survival simulator. So, if you ever want some Zombie Survival Guide mixed in with your The Last of Us, then this is the game for you. You can build outposts, fortify them against the zombie hordes , build up your resources, and go out on missions to save other survivors.

    You even have to management your relationships with other characters and trade with them, which really hammers home the survival and community aspects of the game. 

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    If you loved a game about Troy Baker looking after a young woman who is the key to saving a dystopian society, you're going to love this game about Troy Baker looking after a young woman who is the key to saving a dystopian society. Yes, you read that right.

    In BioShock Infinite, the story takes place in the floating city of Colombia in an alternate 1912. You (a character named Joel, voiced by, you guessed it, Troy Baker) and mysterious Elizabeth (who has totally awesome dimension-hopping powers) are trying to escape the city before the bad guys can get their hands on her for their own evil purposes. It's a bit more run-and-gun than The Last of Us, but the story hits many similar emotional notes.

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